Criminology and Theology BA (Hons)
Course code L3CT
What is special about this course?
If you are interested in studying crime and theology, then the BA (Hons) Criminology and Theology degree will give you a solid grounding in both disciplines, and give you the opportunity to combine two subjects, which complement your interests or career goals.
The course offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of themes and topics across a broad sweep of modules, emphasising the value of empirical and theoretical approaches. This is achieved by studying the changing nature of crime and the social, political, historical and individual forces behind these changes, with specific focus on study and influence of the main disciplines of Christian theology.
In the first and second years, you will follow a traditional broad approach to the study of criminology and theology. In years three and four, you will examine in-depth particular areas of criminology and theology, allowing you to study specific topics and themes which reflect staff research specialisms. Each year, you will build on your analytical and research abilities.
The degree also offers the opportunity to study other Humanities subjects such as criminology, history, literature, archaeology, and politics.
- You will develop your research and methodological skills, which you can take with you into your future career
- You can specialise in particular disciplines as you progress through your studies
- Taught by highly experienced academics
- Exciting modules, based on staff research, are offered at upper levels
- The joint nature of the degree will give you greater flexibility in employment, advanced study and research opportunities
- You will have the opportunity to attend the annual staff/student Social Sciences conference, and in your 4th year, you will have the opportunity to present at the conference, further enhancing the graduate skills you develop as part of the course
- You will develop and enhance your digital skills
- You can study full time or part time to suit your personal circumstances
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
Entry to year one:
- 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above OR
- 2 A levels at grade BC or above
- At least two should be from the list of relevant academic subjects
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
- This is a Category 2 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required for specific optional modules/unit(s), where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in optional module/unit(s), but an alternative pathway exists to achieve target qualification. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
Advanced entry to year two:
- HNC Social Science (12 SQA credits) with 3 additional SQA credits at level 7, which is equivalent to 120 degree credit points, and at least grade C in the Graded Unit will be considered for direct entry to year two
- Any recognised Access to HE course
Year 1 - CertHE
You will study the following core modules:
- Understanding the social world (S1)
- Introduction to criminological theory (S2)
- Introduction to systematic theology OR Jesus and the Gospels (S1)
- The Pentateuch OR Protestant reformation (S2)
You will also choose two option modules from our range of humanities subjects.
Year 2 - DipHE
The core modules are:
- History of crime and punishment (S1)
- Practical research and analysis skills (S2)
- Early church history OR Old Testament prophecy (S1)
- Person and work of Christ OR Pauline theology (S2)
You will also choose two option modules from our range of humanities subjects.
Year 3 - BA
You will study one of the following core modules:
- Project (Theological studies) (S1) OR Advanced social research methods (S1)
- Psychology of criminal justice (S1)
- Victimology (S1)
- Strange cases of crime in literature (S2)
- Gender, crime, and justice (S2)
- Understanding Violence in Sport (S2)
- Hebrews OR Scottish church history (S1)
- Wisdom literature OR Doctrine of God (S2)
You will also choose one option module from our range of humanities subjects.
Year 4 - BA (Hons)
You will complete a dissertation in criminology or theology. You will also study one option module from your chosen dissertation subject, plus three option modules from the other subject.
Modules may include:
- Cultural criminology (S1)
- Globalisation of crime (S1)
- Restorative justice (S2)
- The darker side of the internet (S2)
Modules may include:
- Guided Reading (S1 or S2)
- Hermeneutics (S1)
- Luke-Acts (S1)
- The Holy Spirit and the word (S1)
- Christian ethics (S2)
- Medieval church history (S2)
- Exploring Psalms (S2)
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will learn through a combination of scheduled video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is normally a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for each module.
- International students requiring a Student Route visa to study in the UK should apply to HTC and must be based there during their studies.
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
- Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
Where can I study my course?
- HTC - you may choose to study at Dingwall or Paisley, subject to availability
- North Highland
- Outer Hebrides
- West Highland
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£915|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£305|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,542.
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK
Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. Students will get an automatic scholarship of £3,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Year||Level||2022-23 Full-time||With scholarship||2023-24 Full-time
Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.
For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£13,020||£13,980|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year**||£6,510||£6,990|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)**||£2,170||£2,330|
Part-time study is not open to international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.
Further information on international course fees.
A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.
UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.
Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.
What can I do on completion of my course?
On successful completion of this degree you may consider postgraduate study or research. You will also have a wide range of employment opportunities in the commercial, statutory and voluntary sectors including:
- Social work
- Community work
- Social policy and management
- Police officer
- Prison officer
- Churches, missionary societies, and agencies
- Educational institutions and charities that work with young offenders or victims of crime
Can I progress into further study?
You may wish to progress from the BA (Hons) Criminology and Theology to the following postgraduate courses:
- MSc Applied Social Sciences: Globalisation and Crime
- MSc Tourism
- MSc Aquaculture, Environment and Society
- MLitt British Studies
- Med Tertiary and Higher Education
- MLitt Archaeological Studies
- MLitt Island Studies
- MLitt Orkney and Shetland Studies
- MSc Interpretation: Management and Practice
- MSc Sustainable Mountain Development
- MSc Sustainable Rural Development
- PgCert Research Methods
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Please note that UHI North Highland, UHI Outer Hebrides and UHI West Highland will be changing their names to become UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.
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